Paula Busch


b.1951 Berkeley, California

385 East Sacramento Avenue, Chico, California 95926
(530) 343-2880
(530) 520-3252 (cell)

Paula Busch's Studio


Paula has been creating art for over 45 years and has exhibited throughout California.

After receiving an art degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Paula completed a Master of Arts degree in Printmaking at CSU, Chico. She continues to live in Chico, teaches art at Butte Community College and works in her studio. She is enthusiastically involved with the activities of the large network of local artists.

Most recently, Paula has been working in the ancient medium of encaustic painting. By working with bee's wax, resin, and wax pigments, there are endless possibilities for expression. While the imagery is diverse, references are frequently made to plant life and animal forms.


One Person Exhibition “Witty and Wild and Whimsical” Orland Art Center, Orland, Ca.
Group Show, Camelot Gallery, Nevada City, Ca.
Crocker Museum Art Auction and “Big Names, Small Art” Sacramento, Ca.
“Collectors: A Fresh Take” Museum of Northern California (monca), Chico, Ca.
“Persistence” Juried show, Museum of Northern California (monca), Chico, Ca.
Juried Show, Orland Art Center, Orland, Ca.
“Three Printmakers” Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall Gallery, Redding, Ca.
Group Show, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, Ca.
Group Show, Pence Gallery, Davis, Ca.
One Person Exhibition “Wax, Paper, Scissors” 1078 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
One Person Exhibition, It’s a Beautiful Life Furnishings and Gallery, Chico, Ca.
35th Annual Membership Show, 1078 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
One Person Exhibition “All Things Zoological” Odyssey Winery, Chico, Ca.
Art Farm Project with Wookey Ranch and the Chico Farmers Market, Chico, Ca.
1078 Gallery Members Show, 1078 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
One Person Exhibition “Japan” James Snidle Fine Arts, Chico, Ca.
One Person Exhibition“Birds” Chico Creek Nature Center, Chico, Ca.
National All Media Show, Scott Shields, juror, Chico Art Center, Ca.
One Person Exhibition “The Encaustic Effect” Butte College Art Gallery, Ca.
“Small World, Small Works” Chico Art Center and Red Bluff art galleries, Ca.
3rd Place “Contemporary Women” Lin Lopez, juror, Chico Art Center, Ca.
CAC Juried Exhibition “All Media 2012” Philip E. Linhares, juror, Ca.
Crocker Art Museum Invitational Auction, Sacramento, Ca.
Snow Goose Festival Exhibition, Avenue 9 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
“Bugs” James Snidle Fine Arts, San Francisco, Ca.
One Person Exhibition “Opposites Attract” James Snidle Fine Arts, Chico, Ca.
Signature piece for 2012 Snow Goose Festival, Avenue 9 Gallery and Chico Art Center, Chico, Ca.
National Juried Show “All Media 2011” Peter Frank, juror, CAC, Chico Ca.
Crocker Art Museum Invitational Auction, Sacramento, Ca.
Snow Goose Festival Exhibition, Avenue 9 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
“Kindred Spirits: Artist-Scholar-Teacher” Joint exhibition with Butte College and California State University, Chico Art Department faculty.
ChiVVA sponsored Art About, Chico, Ca.
1078 Gallery Invitational, Chico, Ca.
Two person exhibition “Natural Selections” 1078 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
“Playing with Primaries” Avenue 9 Gallery, Chico, Ca.
“20x20 Show” Chico Municipal Building, Chico, Ca.
Faculty Show, The New Coyote Gallery, Butte College, Ca.
Pacific Flyway Exhibition, Artistry Gallery, Chico, Ca.
Crocker Art Museum Invitational Auction, Sacramento, Ca.
Labyrinth Project, Artistry Gallery, Chico, Ca.
One person exhibition James Snidle Fine Arts Gallery, Chico, Ca.
“Making Marks; The Art of Contemporary Printmaking”. Coyote Gallery, Butte College.
“Contemporary Women” Juried Exhibition, Chico Art Center.
Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit Coyote Gallery, Butte College.
Encaustic Works 07. Joan Snyder, juror. Watermark Cargo Gallery, NY.
Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Indiana.
One Person Exhibition “Wax Works” Chico Municipal Building, Chico, Ca.
SOMARTS Bay “Printmakers Today”, San Francisco, Ca.
Crocker Art Museum Juried Auction 2006, Sacramento, Ca.
California Society of Printmakers, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, Ca.
“Revelations 1” Invitational Alumni Exhibition, University Art Gallery, CSU, Chico.
Read Johnson Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1078 Membership Show, Chico, Ca.
CAC Membership Show Chico, Ca.
Two person exhibition “Hello Good-bye” 1078 Gallery, Chico
U.C. Berkeley Art Alumni Group Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, California
5th National Turner Print Competition and Exhibition Lloyd Menard, Juror
California Society of Printmakers group show, Works Gallery, San Jose
Radical Printmakers; Innovations in Contemporary Printmaking.
Thacher Gallery, San Francisco.
Behind the Mask, CSUC University Art Gallery, Juror’s Award
Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.
One person exhibition, SMUD Art Gallery, Sacramento.
California STRS Gallery, Sacramento.
One person exhibition, Humanities Center Gallery, California State
University, Chico. (Reviewed in the February issue of Artweek)
California Works Exhibit, Sacramento (Award of Merit)
James Snidle Fine Arts Group Show
Carol Dabb & Associates, Mountain View, Calif.
Commissioned works for Ruth Chris Restaurant, Del Mar, Calif.
1078 Invitational “Zen Word”
Butte Community College Faculty Show
Janet Turner National Print Competition. Janice Driesbach, Juror.
One person exhibition, Gallery Moxie, Chico, CA.
Butte College Art Dept. Faculty Exhibition, Coyote Gallery.
“Phobias” 1078 Invitational, Chico, CA.
“Chair Show” Vagabond Rose Gallery
Davis Art Center, Three Person Exhibition. Davis, CA.
AAUW “Auburn Arts 43”. John Natsoulas, juror. Auburn, CA.
Channel 21 T.V. documentary on area artists.


Full Time Studio Artist
Adjunct Professor, Butte College. Classes taught include printmaking, drawing, and painting. Retired in June, 2013.
CSUC Summer workshop for teachers “Art and Geography”
Art Instructor, Chico High, Chico, Ca.


Mayoral Award for Contribution to the Arts in Chico.
Artists to Watch For in 2006 Sponsored by the Sacramento Bee.
George Sugarman Foundation Grant recipient.
Award of Merit, California Works, Sacramento.


California Society of Printmakers, Southern Graphics Council, University of California, Berkeley Art Alumni Group, Chico Visual Arts Alliance, Board Member of The Turner Print Museum at CSU, Chico, Past President of the Chico Art Center, Former Chair of the City of Chico Arts Commission, and represented in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

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